Chadwick Boseman passed away after his four year battle with cancer at the age of 43.
Written by: Chae Jones – August 28th, 2020 11:02 pm pst
Our hearts are heavy after the death of Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman who passed away at the age of 43 due to a four year battle with cancer.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the Instagram post said. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.”
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”
Boseman’s team also wrote that his role as King T’Challa in Black Panther was “the honor of his career.”
In addition to his starring role in the Blockbuster Marvel movies, Boseman is also known for portraying several historical figures. Including; Jackie Robinson in 42, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, and James Brown in Get On Up.
In 2018, Boseman spoke about the impact of Black Panther, and became emotional when discussing his relationship with two young fans who died of cancer before the movie was released while he himself battled it as well. “Throughout our filming, I was communicating with them, knowing they were both terminal. What they and their parents said to me was, they were trying to hold on ’til this movie comes,” he said during an EW SirusXM Town Hall.
“To a certain degree it’s a humbling experience because you’re like, this can’t mean that much to them,” he said. “But seeing how the world has taken this on, I realize they anticipated something great. Thinking back now to when I was a kid, waiting for Christmas to come, waiting for my birthday to come, waiting for a toy I was gonna get a chance to experience, or a video game, I did live life waiting for those moments. It put me back in the mind of being a kid and feeling those two boys’ anticipation of this movie.” He added.
“When I found out that they …” the actor continued, before stopping to collect himself. Eventually, he concluded, “Yeah. it means a lot.”
Boseman’s role as Black Panther not only broke American film history but was also an iconic representation that touched entire generations.
Celebrities and fans are sharing their condolences and thoughts on the news of his passing:
Our hearts and prayers go out to Boseman’s family but his legacy will definitely live on forever through not only the people who knew him but the people he touched with his art.
About The Author:
Chae’ Jones is an actress, host, and writer in Los Angeles. She currently hosts Disney News Weekly on Popcorn Talk.
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